Cloak and Dagger opened over the NBC network on May 7, 1950. It had a short run through the Summer on Sundays, changing to Fridays after its Summer run. The last show aired October 22, 1950.
The series told fictional stories of OSS agents during World War II who took dangerous missions behind enemy lines, knowing they may never return alive.
The series was based on the 1946 book "Cloak and Dagger: The Secret Story of the OSS" by Corey Ford and Alastair MacBain. It was a tense half hour of patriots and traitors, of triumph, tragedy and failure. The stories did not always end in success -- sometimes, the hero/agent gave up his life. There were 22 episodes, broadcast in 1950.
The theme music was either identical or very similar to that used by Tales of the Texas Rangers.
Sherman Marks directed. The cast consisted of The Hungarian Giant, played by Raymond Edward Johnson, and Impy the Midget, played by Gilbert Mack.
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This is a terrific, yet underappreciated series. Great production values, real drama and suspense, and based on actual events. It's a shame it came along later in the game and a shame it wasn't given more of a chance.
March 25, 2008 Subject:
There are lots of radio shows about spies in World War II, but this one manages to take a different angle on the business of foreign intrigue. The agents are often non-professionals, and find themselves in strange situations and locales. I particularly liked "Roof of the World" and "Recommendation from Rommel".
These stories are "suggested" by actual cases in the archives of the OSS, which allows the scriptwriters some latitude to come up with great stories without being bound to exact events.